February 23, 2015:
NJ Assemblywoman to Introduce Antique Firearm LegislationNew Jersey Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R) intends to introduce legislation that would exempt antique firearms from NJ firearm laws. The legislation comes in response to the recent news that a 72-year-old NJ man is facing ten years in prison for possessing an unloaded, 300-year-old pistol. Federal law already exempts individuals from criminal charges for possessing firearms manufactured prior to 1898.
Florida Campus Carry Bill Gaining Momentum
Florida Senate Bill 176, which allows licensees who are 21 and older to carry their firearms inside colleges and universities, has been approved by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee of Florida. The bill will now be deliberated upon by three other committees prior to enactment. Representative Evers (R), who chairs the Criminal Justice Committee, recently stated that SB176 will “make school campuses a safer place for student against…criminals who take advantage of the long-standing prohibition of carrying firearms inside schools.” A copy of SB 176 can be found here.
PA Federal Court Rules in Favor of Firearm Challengers
Middle District of Pennsylvania Judge William W. Caldwell ruled this week that Julio Suarez, who had been convicted of carrying a firearm without a license 25 years ago, could not be barred from owning a firearm today. Suarez was previously banned from owning a firearm under a section of the Gun Control Act of 1968 that disallows individuals convicted of a crime that carries “a possible sentence of longer than one year,” A copy of Judge Caldwell’s opinion can be found here.
Renzulli Law Firm is Monitoring Firearm-Related Legislative Developments
Renzulli Law Firm, nationally recognized as one of the premier law firms in the country serving the Firearms Industry, is monitoring legislative developments affecting the industry and publishing regular updates which are available by e-mail and on this website. Any questions you may have about these developments should be directed to John F. Renzulli or Christopher Renzulli.